7-Day Meal Plan: Easy One-Dish Dinners

What's better than a simple, delicious dinner? Only having a few dishes to wash afterwards! This week's meal plan features no-fuss dinners that are quick and easy to prep, and are made using only one pot, pan or dish, so the clean up is just as simple. You'll have dinner on the table in no time and can get to relaxing for the evening soon after you're done your meal.

Quick Paella with Shrimp & Mussels: Our quick take on paella is studded with mussels and shrimp and made using just one skillet. Traditional paella made with short-grain rice takes a while to cook and can be a bit tricky. Instant brown rice is a great shortcut—what it lacks in authenticity it more than makes up for in convenience. Make sure you seek out saffron, which gives the dish its distinctive yellow color and signature flavor. Serve with a spinach salad to round out the meal.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna: Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve the lasagna with a leafy green side salad with Caesar dressing.

Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl: Here's the quintessence of Japanese home cooking: an aromatic, protein-rich broth served over quick-cooking rice. Ready in just 20 minutes and made using a single bowl and saucepan, this recipes makes for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Crunchy Confetti Tuna Salad: The herb-infused dressing in this healthy tuna salad recipe calls for equal parts Greek yogurt and low-fat mayo to keep it light. Lots of fresh veggies, including bell pepper, carrot, radishes and celery, also give boosts of flavor, color and nutrients. Toss it all together in one bowl and voilà—dinner is served. Enjoy this crunchy salad on lettuce leaves, over a green salad or as an open-face sandwich on whole-grain toast.

Brothy Chinese Noodles: This dish was inspired by Chinese Dan Dan noodles—ground pork and noodles in a spicy broth, all cooked together in one pot. We use ground turkey and omit the traditional Sichuan peppercorns for convenience, but add hot sesame oil to kick the heat up a notch. You can use toasted sesame oil instead if you want mild noodles.

Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple: We like the firmer texture of French green lentils in this hearty dinner salad featuring sausage and tart apples. Using just a bowl and a skillet, this salad comes together quickly in 30-minutes with little clean up needed afterwards.

Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken: This cinnamon- and cumin-spiked couscous with chicken takes its inspiration from Morocco. It's made mostly with pantry staples—all you have to pick up is some chicken thighs, a bunch of cilantro and an orange. Cooking this dish all together in a Dutch oven makes for an intensely flavorful meal. The orange slices become tender after cooking—you can eat them skin and all. For a variation, substitute diced, boneless leg of lamb for the chicken. Serve with steamed green beans or a spinach salad.

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